Overland Track Tasmania Guided Tours | Wild Trek Tours

Overland Track Tasmania Guided Tours

The Overland Track in Tasmania is an iconic walk, rated as one of the best 10 walks in the world. Wild Trek Tours offers hikers the chance to experience our popular Tasmania Overland Track guided walk through pristine country around Cradle Mountain to Lake St Clair to showcase this world heritage site.

Our 7 day Overland Track Tasmania guided tours are very physically demanding due to the rough terrain and extreme local weather conditions. Wild Trek Tours advises training to get as fit as possible prior to commencing this tour. Doing so will make walking on the rough terrain during the tour significantly easier.

Tas Parks only allows limited numbers for this trek, and as a result it is usually booked out a year in advance. Overland Track Tasmania bookings normally open online on July 1st and is booked out very quickly, so you need to book as early as you can to avoid disappointment.

During your Tasmania Overland Track guided walk, you will need to carry all your own gear, including tent, sleeping gear, food, etc. We also need to co-ordinate transport, including to/from Tassie, to Cradle Mountain, and pick up from Lake St Clair.

Due to strict numbers allowed each night by Tas Parks, this trek is limited to a maximum of 6 hikers only.

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Trip Facts

Transportation

Travel to Cradle Mountain for the start of the walk must be co-ordinated – we arrange transport from Launceston, and we arrange accommodation at Cradle Mountain Lodge prior to the start of the walk. When we finish the walk at Lake St Clair, we arrange transport to Hobart/Launceston.

Itinerary

Day 1

Ronny Creek to Waterfall Valley

Before we start, we check in at the Cradle Mountain Visitor Centre to confirm bookings, collect our Overland Track pass and check the latest weather forecast. Most of the day is exposed alpine plateau walking.

The ascent to Crater Lake is gradual, followed by a very steep, short ascent to Marions Lookout. Undulating across the alpine plains and a final gradual descent to Waterfall Valley.

Side trip options

  • Cradle Mountain Summit (1545 m) – 2 km, 2-3 hours return from the track junction.
    There is some boulder scrambling as you reach the summit, and the walk should only be attempted in fine weather. Not recommended when under snow or for walkers unsettled by heights and exposure. Secure your pack from marauding currawongs if leaving it at the junction. (They know how to undo zips!)
  • Barn Bluff (1559 m) – 7 km, 3-4 hours return from track junction.
  • This walk has some very steep sections and boulder scrambling towards the summit. Barn Bluff should only be attempted in fine weather and is not recommended when under snow.
Day 2

Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere

NOTE : Day 2 and Day 3 can be combined to shorten trip by 1 day

7.8 km, 2.5-3.5 hours

    • From Waterfall Valley to Lake Windermere is a less strenuous stretch over alpine heathlands, lakes and tarns. This section is exposed and above 1000 metres in elevation. Camping is not permitted around Lake Windemere, however the overnight sites are just 500 metres from its shore. Hut sleeping capacity is 16 people, but there are plenty of tent sites available.

Side trip options

  • Lake Will – 3 km, 1 hour return from track junction. This relaxed walk takes visitors to an alpine lake, popular as a lunch stop.
Day 3

Lake Windermere to Pelion 16.8 km, 5-7 hours

  • A long walking day, encircled by distant mountains; Pelion East, Ossa, Thetis, Achilles and Pelion West and the Du Cane Range. Walkers cross button grass plains and journey through myrtle-beech rainforest and eucalypt forest. Campers have the option to camp at Frog Flats if they want to brave the leeches, but most continue onto Pelion Hut and the overnight site. This is a much larger hut with a sleeping capacity of 36 people, again with plenty of tent sites available.
    Side trip options
  • Old Pelion Hut – 1 km, 0.5 hour return from track junction.
  • Pelion Hut is a charming 1917 historic hut, once built for miners and now a day-use area. There is an excellent swimming hole for a summer-time refresh
  • Mount Oakleigh (1286m) – 8 km, 4 – 6 hours return from track junction.
  • Expect to get wet and muddy feet crossing the button grass moorlands
Day 4

Pelion to Kia Ora

    • NOTE : Day 4 and Day 5 can be combined to shorten trip by 1 more day

    • 8.6 km, 3-4 hours
    • Day four experiences are full of rainforests and mountain summits.
    • Alongside Douglas Creek, walkers will ascend to Pelion Gap, the valley between Mount Ossa and Pelion East. There is a gradual descent across buttongrass plains and eucalypt forest to Kia Ora. Pelion Gap is an exposed alpine plateau. In inclement weather, take your breaks in the shelter of the forest before Pelion Gap. Kia Ora hut has a sleeping capacity of 20 people, again with tent sites available.

Side trips options

  • Mount Ossa (1617m) – 5.2 km, 4-5 hours return from track junction.
  • Mount Ossa is Tasmania’s highest peak, and the walk is steep and exposed. Do not attempt under heavy rain or snow as boulder fields under snow are dangerous. You will need 4-5 hours of daylight to summit and return to Pelion Gap and a further hour to reach Kia Ora Hut.
  • Mount Pelion East (1433m) – 2.4 km, 2 hours return from track junction.
  • There are spectacular views over Mount Ossa and most of the park’s highest peaks once you reach the summit of Mount Pelion East. The walk is steep and exposed. Do not attempt under heavy rain or snow as boulder fields under snow are dangerous.
Day 5

Kia Ora to Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut) 9.6 km, 3.5-4.5 hours

    • From Kia Ora Creek, the track continues through rainforest to the historic Du Cane Hut. Built in 1910, the hut provides a great location for lunch but should only be used as an overnight location in an emergency. Walkers then spend another half hour walking through King Billy pine, sassafras and myrtle forest, before reaching the junction to D’Alton and Fergusson Falls – a great side trip. Another 20 minutes up the path walkers will reach the side trip to Harnett Falls. After a final journey through wet sclerophyll forest, walkers reach Bert Nichols Hut, situated at the top of the Narcissus Valley with the dramatic Du Cane Range as its backdrop. Bert Nichols Hut has a sleeping capacity of 24 with a large, enclosed dining area, and tent sites are available.

Side trips options

  • D’Alton and Fergusson Falls – 1 km, 1 hour return. Descend through rainforest to the Mersey River to reach both waterfalls. Slippery tracks and sheer drop-offs at top of falls, but a pleasant side trip worth taking.
  • Hartnett Falls – 1.5 km, 1 hour return.
    Another descent through rainforest to the Mersey River and the falls. Slippery track and sheer drop-offs at top of falls.
Day 6

Windy Ridge (Bert Nichols Hut) to Narcissus 9 km, 3-4 hours

    • It is a gradual, easy descent beside Narcissus Valley through eucalypt forest and across button grass plains. Narcissus Hut is on the banks of the Narcissus River at the head of Lake St Clair.
    • Walkers will need to cross the river via a suspension bridge before reaching the overnight site and ferry jetty another 15 minutes down the track. The Narcissus hut has a sleeping capacity of 18 people.
    • We normally end here as we have booked our tickets for the ferry before we set out, and we use the radio in Narcissus Hut to reconfirm our booking once we get there.

Side trip options

  • Pine Valley Hut – 4.7 km, 1.5-2 hours one way.
    This side trip is recommended as an overnight trip. This hut is used as a base for exploring The Acropolis and the Labrinth.
Day 7

Option – Narcissus to Cynthia Bay 17.5 km, 5-6 hours

  • An optional addition to the end of your Overland Track experience, this track meanders along the shoreline of Lake St Clair through myrtle-beech rainforest to Cynthia Bay. The small rustic Echo Point Hut is located 5km (2 hours) into the walk, and is used by some wishing to savour an extra night out on the track.
  • At the end of your walk, don’t forget to sign out using the registration book, and take a group photo at the Overland Track finish photo point. Hooray!

Overview

  • An 80 litre back pack is supplied – if you wish to bring your own please make sure it is 75 litre or more
  • A sleeping mat is supplied – if you wish to bring your own please make sure it is under 500gms
  • A two person tent is supplied for you and your gear – if you wish to bring your own please keep the weight down around 2kg
  • A rain jacket – lightweight, breathable
  • Rain trousers – lightweight
  • A warm jacket for the cold nights
  • Thermal top and bottom
  • 2 T-shirts – quick dry
  • Trousers for a change of clothes at night
  • Walking shorts
  • Walking socks – at least 3 pair
  • Gaiters
  • Gloves
  • Beanie
  • Sun hat
  • Underwear, and swimmers as an option
  • Walking boots
  • Crocs or lightweight sandals
  • Sleeping bag – 3 season
  • Head torch with spare batteries
  • Water bottles and/or bladder
  • Garbage bags for storage (or dry bags)
  • Small pack towel
  • Cutlery – cup, bowl, spoon, knife, fork
  • Your own personal food stock – lightweight, dehydrated and/or freeze dried – Breakfast, lunch & dinner each day, plus snacks if required. We can advise and help with meal selection. The two guides will cook for you, so no need to bring cooking stove and fuel unless you prefer to do so.
  • Personal toiletries
  • Sunscreen
  • Personal first aid kit
  • Walking pole/s
  • Camera (optional)

Inclusions

  • Air fare from Melbourne to Launceston
  • Pick up from Launceston airport (travel needs to be co-ordinated)
  • Transport to Cradle Mountain
  • Accommodation at Cradle Mountain lodge (twin share)
  • Ferry cost at Lake St Clair
  • Two tour guides
  • 80 litre back pack – unless you prefer your own
  • Sleeping mat – unless you prefer your own
  • Two person tent for you and your gear – unless you prefer your own
  • Cooking by tour guides
  • Trek fees
  • Transport from Lake St Clair to Hobart to your hotel
  • Air fare from Hobart to Melbourne
  • Guides have satellite phone and PLB
  • A Wild Trek quick dry T shirt

Exclusions

  • Hotel accommodation at Hobart at conclusion of trek – contact us if you wish to organise accommodation in Hobart
  • Your food on the trek – breakfast, lunch, and dinner, plus any snacks you may require as per your required gear list
  • Travel Insurance

Costs

$3000. Please specify your preferred month on our enquiry form – December to May only. Please note that this trek is limited to 6 trekkers only at any one time

Tour Dates

  • 27th November 2021 – 4th December 2021
  • 13th February 2022 – 19th February 2022

**Please note – we have alternate tour dates available upon application for each tour. Please submit an enquiry form if you require alternate dates to any of our listed tours.

You can send your enquiry via the form below.

  • Package name
  • Overland Track Tasmania